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Top 5 Reasons Your Small Business Website is Under Attack
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cherr552
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8/27/2014 | 8:02:34 PM
How do non-techie small businesses get security advice?
Many small businesses have a web presence, but no tech expertise--their web sites are developed by designers or consultants, who rarely return to maintain what they've built. 



In the setup-and-forget model, the site builders make recommendations about the hosting provider, and they should be able to recommend a security provider as well.  After all, their reputation depends on building sites that perform well (for their customers--the small businesses).
Chris Weltzien
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8/27/2014 | 12:48:54 PM
Re: What about solutions? >Early Trends in Hosting
Exactly. The incremental premium for a hosting service that takes security seriously is negligible compared to the lost revenue/reputation if your company's website gets placed on the Google blacklist/blocklist.
Chris Weltzien
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8/27/2014 | 12:45:37 PM
Re: Don't bother without security
Unfortunately security is often the last thing to be addressed in a website launch plan (if it's addressed at all) and the more dynamic a site is, the greater the attack surface is likely to be. We're hoping to raise the awareness that big names make the big news (Target, etc) but the majority iof attacks target smaller businesses. The cost is also coming down so it should be attainable for almost all start-ups.
Chris Weltzien
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Chris Weltzien,
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8/27/2014 | 12:38:08 PM
Re: Automation
I like the analogy. I may borrow that one. Thanks!
Chris Weltzien
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Chris Weltzien,
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8/27/2014 | 12:37:11 PM
Re: What about solutions?
WAFs are a valuable layer in website security. Companies that don't have dedicated IT resources may want a "security suite" approach that includes vulnerability and malware scanning and remediation as well. On the DDoS side its not a particular concern for smaller businesses, the bigger threat for them is being hacked and co-opted into a botnet that will participate in the actual DDoS attack.
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8/27/2014 | 12:17:52 PM
Don't bother without security
This is why I feel like I'm stomping on people's ideas everytime a friend tells me they've come up with a clever business idea that involves a website. If they don't know how to handle security themselves and can't afford to hire someone to do it for them, it seems doomed to fail. 

When your reputationo can be ruined so easly, it's going to become much harder to startup internet based businesses, without some serious capital funding to help shore up defenses, preemptively and after the fact. 
Biffster
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8/27/2014 | 9:48:17 AM
Automation
Nice article.  What I like about the author's company 6Scan, is their emphasis on automation to improve website safety and security.  It is a complicated world out there.  Thanks for making it a little simpler.  Imagine how effective the air bags in your car would be if you had to operate them manually.  Automation is the key, especially for small business sites.
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8/27/2014 | 9:38:51 AM
Re: What about solutions?
I'm surprised we don't see more small business solutions around Web Application Firewalls (WAF) or DDoS.  These are great ways to limit the risk of malicious traffic and can be offered as hosted solutions.
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8/27/2014 | 7:05:13 AM
Re: What about solutions? >Early Trends in Hosting
I find it really interesting that web hosting companies are looking to offer 3rd party website security services tailored for the small biz market because of the increasing cost for them to repair hacked sites....  That's something to consider when choosing a web hosting vendor. 
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8/27/2014 | 12:52:35 AM
Re: What about solutions?
Paul you point out a common misconception. Most hosting companies provide security only for the web server itself, not the websites that reside on the server. Often small business owners don't have the time or resources to drill down on this critical delineation. Fortunately, there is an early trend in the hosting space to offer 3rd party website security services tailored for this market (the cost for hosting companies to keep repairing hacked sites is becoming a significant burden). At 6Scan our automated service is an advanced low-touch solution designed for small businesses and there are a few other options including SiteLock and Sucuri.
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